# XLOOKUP last match

=XLOOKUP(value,rng1,rng2,"no match",0,-1) // last exact match

To retrieve the last match in a data set with XLOOKUP, set the fifth argument to -1. In the example shown, the formula in G5, copied down, is:

=XLOOKUP(F5,item,price,0,-1)

where **item** (B5:B15) and **price** (D5:D15) are named ranges.

### How this formula works

By default, XLOOKUP will return the first match in a data set. However, XLOOKUP offers an optional argument called search_mode to control the order in which data is searched. Setting search mode to -1 causes XLOOKUP to search "last to first" or, in other words, search *backwards* through the data. You can see this option used in the example shown. The formula in G5, copied down, is:

=XLOOKUP(F5,item,price,"no match",0,-1)

The same formula without named ranges is:

=XLOOKUP(F5,$B$5:$B$15,$D$5:$D$15,"no match",0,-1)

XLOOKUP's arguments are configured as follows:

- The
*lookup_value*comes from cell F5 - The
*lookup_array*is the named range**item**(B5:B15) - The
*return_array*is the named range**price**(D5:D15) - The
*not_found*argument is provided as "no match" - The
*match_mode*is set to 0 (exact match) - The
*search_mode*is set to -1 (last to first)

At each row, XLOOKUP looks for the item name in column F in B5:B15, starting at the *bottom*. When an exact match is found, the corresponding price in column D is returned. If no match is found, XLOOKUP will return #N/A.

*Note: this example depends on data being sorted by date in ascending order. If data is unsorted, see this example.*

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